The owner of the second dispensary to open in the legal marijuana market in Massachusetts will be the first to offer home delivery services throughout the entire state.
In Good Health, a medical marijuana dispensary opened in 2015, will start offering marijuana home delivery in an effort to expand access to the elderly and those suffering from disabilities. David Noble, president of In Good Health, also wants to make medical marijuana more available to patients who do not live in close proximity to any of the 10 dispensaries currently operating in the state, reports The Boston Globe.
Regulators from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health sanctioned the service, which will begin deliveries Monday. Regulators previously approved weed delivery for medical marijuana dispensary Patriot Care, but the company only operates in a handful of towns.
“There’s a large population of patients who are disabled or don’t have access to a dispensary, whether they live too far away or can’t wait in a line for too long,” Noble told The Boston Globe. “There’s a real void for these patients to have safe and reliable access to medical marijuana in a legal way.”
In Good Health expanded its growing space earlier this year and is planning to open two additional store locations. The dispensary will offer next-day delivery for any registered medical marijuana patient. Noble said the company will use two uniformed drivers in unmarked vehicles with security cameras to avoid theft of the products. They will also use tamper-resistant packaging for the various marijuana products offered for delivery.
Voters in the state legalized marijuana for recreational use Election Day through a popular ballot, but the legal framework remains in limbo as state officials debate specifics. Lawmakers voted Dec. 28 to bar commercial sale for an additional six months despite the popular ballot vote in order to have more time to create a tax and regulatory framework.
It will be illegal to sell up to an ounce of marijuana for the next 18 months, but it will be legal to purchase it, creating a degree of legal confusion among users and state police.
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